Work started late 1975 and by 1978 all sections of the track had progressed well. By March 1979 the track was nearing completion to the point where it could be put into operation.
It is a walk of approximately 80kms and offers diversity of appeal and attraction for those seeking a picturesque picnic location to a true wilderness experience.
Features include historical, geological, a variety of forests and flora, exquisite fauna, a canyon, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and ranges.
To date magazines and authors (John Cannon, John Chapman, Nic Haygarth and Tyron Thomas) have and continue to acknowledge the Penguin Cradle Trail.
NOTICE OF TRACK CHANGES
This information is correct at 20th January 2023.
January 2023 posting:- PCT track update. We have had two working bees into the Leven Canyon section since the October posting. One from Gunns Plains over the Northern Gates to the first creek with many trees removed and track stabilization work done. The other at the Loongana end from the steel bridge to Griffiths Ridge with chainsaw work to the top of the ridge and track clearing short of the top – there is track damage near the top. Authorised contractors have completed preliminary tree removal and track stabilization from Gunns Plains to the rope but south of the rope to be done at a later stage. The Loongana road bridge is open and an option for walkers who don’t wish to do the uncleared section (including foxgloves) from the steel bridge to the stile on Loongana Road. Working bees to all sections are ongoing as time and weather allow.
October 2022 posting:- PCT track update. Unfortunately winter and spring haven’t been kind to the NW Tasmanian region, with extreme damaging winds in June and the current October floods. The PCT has been affected and the full extent of any damage isn’t known. The June winds have created tree falls around Gunns Plains, the Leven Canyon and Loongana areas. The October floods raised the water level in the Leven River catchment. The Lobster Creek Tramway Track was 2M under water in places and requires clearing of some trees and debris. Gunns Plains area was flooded and Loongana has road damage and the bridge washed away so access to this area and Taylors Flats to recce the track is not possible at this time. The track from Black Bluff to Cradle was good early October and should still be OK. As always, track work is ongoing but with nearly 80 Km of track, it will take time.